13 Children Injured in Connecticut Carnival Ride Accident

According to reports, 13 children were injured, including two seriously injured, on a swing ride at the Oyster Festival at Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk, Connecticut this afternoon. Children with minor injuries were treated and released at the scene, but the more seriously injured were transferred to Norwalk, Stamford, and Bridgeport hospitals.

The Norwalk Police Department’s Facebook page describes the accident:

A "swing" ride in the Kids Cove apparently lost power causing the children on the ride to forcefully fall to the ground.

Another source describes the scene in more detail:

The ride suddenly stopped and the riders were still spinning around bumping into other riders.

Rides at the festival were closed after the incident, but Connecticut State Officials have since authorized carnival operator Stewart Amusements to reopen the rides for the rest of the day.

Today was Family Day Sunday at the event.

[Image via WSFB News]